Update on the Displacement of Tamarindo Farmers

Thank you to everyone who has taken action on our e-alert on the serious situation in Tamarindo. The situation continues to be very fluid and the community remains under threat. We have some indication that there is some movement in some parts of the government in Colombia on this, for which we are grateful. But the threat to the community remains high. It is essential during this time that we remain at a high vigilance for our sisters and brothers in Tamarindo, ready to take increasing levels of advocacy on their behalf.

Colombia Delegation Report

In February, a small and committed group of PPFers went to Colombia to celebrate ten years of our partnership with the IPC and to discern how we can best continue the important work of accompaniment that has been a vital part of our work together. Without trying to rehearse the entire trip, I can tell you that we spent time in each of the three Presbyteries. In each one, there was agreement that the accompaniment work has been important, and that it remains important as we look to the future. Each Presbytery has a different approach – in some ways even a different theology of accompaniment.

New Agreement with Iran Offers Great Hope for Good Outcomes

PPF is encouraged by the agreement announced on April 2 between negotiators from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. The agreement puts in place a framework for resolution of a key dimension of a conflict that has bedeviled relationships across the Middle East. For those of us committed to finding a peaceful resolution to this conflict through diplomacy, this agreement opens a way forward that respects Iran’s right to develop a nuclear industry for peaceful uses, while controlling the threat that it will produce atomic weapons.

Two New Foundational PPF Documents Released

During Holy Week 2015, the National Committee of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship confirmed and released two new foundational documents for our work together and testimony with the world. On the day Jesus was put to death we once again affirm our stance against war. We chose "to embrace gospel nonviolence as the only stance consistent with Christian discipleship. We invite all persons of good will, and especially followers of Jesus, to work with us in projects aimed at building peace."

PPF Is Hiring

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship seeks a well-qualified individual to assist with database management, donor development, and financial accounting. The position is 8 to 10 hours per week.